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Flickr Meetup at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Selected By: Bronwen Colquhoun

Library of Congress

Washington, DC, 20540 (map)

Selected by: Bronwen Colquhoun

Love photography? Why don’t you join me at the Library of Congress on Saturday July 28 from 9:00-11:00am for a Flickr Meetup in the public spaces of the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building. You are invited on a photographic scavenger hunt to locate several special spots among the elaborate architecture and artwork within the historic floors, ceilings and walls of the building, guided by photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive at the Library: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=Library+of+Congress...­

Then, try your own photographic eye on this palace of knowledge! Staff from the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, so take this opportunity to pick their brains! I’m a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress working on my thesis which looks at how Flickr Commons supports community engagement and the effect this has on the development of photographic collections: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2012/05/23/curate-the-commons/­. This Flickr Meetup is the first in a series of exciting activities I will be organizing for Flickr users throughout the summer in partnership with staff from the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library. I thought it would be a great opportunity to find out how you photograph the Library buildings compared to the ways in which it has been documented in the collections. What are your eyes drawn to and why? On completion, you are invited to upload your photographs from the meetup to Flickr, tagged with LOCmeetup2012. The Library’s Flickr team is planning to create galleries of your photographs on the Library’s Flickr Commons account to share with the rest of the Flickr community: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/­

I’ll be in the first floor foyer of the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building from 9:00-11am on Saturday 28 July, along with staff from the Prints and Photographs Division to answer any questions you might have. For security, cameras and other belongings have to be scanned when you enter the building so please take this into consideration before arriving. Tripods are not allowed, but we’re sure that won’t pose a problem. If all else fails, you can always use your camera’s automatic settings!

Further information about the Library of Congress and directions to the Thomas Jefferson Building can be found here: http://www.loc.gov/visit/directions/

Further information about the Meetup can be found on the Library’s blog at http://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/ The event is free and open to all so I look forward to seeing you there!


Selected by: Bronwen Colquhoun

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  • eleven's Photo

    I like all the big cities, though I donnot like to live there.

    Posted by eleven September 28, 2012
  • Bronwen Colquhoun's Photo

    Hey everyone, We've created galleries of your photographs from the Meetup. Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    It was so wonderful to look through everyone's photos and thanks so much again for coming and taking such amazing pictures!


    Posted by Bronwen Colquhoun August 18, 2012
  • Kohei Ueda's Photo

    A little bit late but thanks to the organizers from me as well! I enjoyed a lot.
    Here is the link to my flickr set - http://flic.kr/s/aHsjBacBjf­
    I just assumed this is the best place to let everyone know. Hope you all enjoy :)

    Posted by Kohei Ueda August 5, 2012
    • Bronwen Colquhoun's Photo

      Thanks for posting your photos, they're fantastic! We're looking forward to creating the galleries and they'll be on the Library's Flickr account in the next week or so.

      I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to meet you last Saturday but I hope you enjoyed it. I'm keen to chat to attendees about the Meetup and to find out more about why you use Flickr. I wondered if you would be willing to answer a few questions over the phone at some point? Let me know if this is possible.

      Many thanks

      Posted by Bronwen Colquhoun August 6, 2012
  • Marios Savva's Photo

    Thanks to all the organizers as well. My flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Marios Savva August 6, 2012
    • Bronwen Colquhoun's Photo

      Thanks Marios! These are great!

      Posted by Bronwen Colquhoun August 6, 2012
  • Maxine W's Photo

    Thanks for organizing the Meetup. Cool location. Here is the link to my Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photo...­

    Posted by Maxine W July 28, 2012
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    • Maxine W's Photo

      Sigh, Facebook no longer allows you to send a message to someone that is not on your friends list. I don't want to post my phone #, but you can send me an email at [masked]

      Posted by Maxine W August 3, 2012
    • Bronwen Colquhoun's Photo

      Hi Maxine,
      I sent you an email from my Library of Congress account. Hope you received it. Thanks!

      Posted by Bronwen Colquhoun August 3, 2012
  • Bronwen Colquhoun's Photo

    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming to the Meetup at the Library last Saturday. It was a wonderful turnout and myself and the statff from the Prints and Photographs Division had a fantastic time meeting you all. We have just published a blog post on the Library's website about the Meetup and the Flickr co-curation project we are organizing: http://blogs.loc.gov/pictur...­

    Thanks so much!

    Posted by Bronwen Colquhoun August 3, 2012
  • Dianne Davies-Wallace's Photo

    Hi Bronwen-
    I will be bringing a group of photography enthusiasts from the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington DC with me to the meet up, this is a fabulous idea and I look forward to talking with you more about it. Looking forward to the 28th!

    Posted by Dianne Davies-Wallace July 18, 2012
    • Bronwen Colquhoun's Photo

      Hi Diane,
      That's great. I look forward to seeing you there!

      Posted by Bronwen Colquhoun July 18, 2012

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